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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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Solicitors Regulation Authority

Womble Bond Dickinson rebuked by regulator

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has been rebuked and fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The regulator investigated after WBD self-reported. A corporate client asked WBD to hold funds for it in the firm’s accounts. The client requested that these funds were held on behalf of the client’s client – who was not associated with WBD. […]

Stephenson Harwood eyes early September for “proper” office return

After Monday’s reopening in London, Stephenson Harwood is targeting early September as the date it will make its “proper” return to its home in Finsbury Circus. As of Monday 7 September, all members of staff will be encouraged to spend at least two days a week in the office, shifting away from its previous policy […]

The 12 biggest moves at the Bar in July

There were a number of moves between private practice and chambers last month, as former court justices also found new homes at the Bar. In terms of private practice exits, it was revealed that Wendy Miles QC would be joining Debevoise & Plimpton for Twenty Essex, while movements between chambers themselves also took place. Keating […]

2019/20 financials: Brodies posts tenth year of revenue growth

Brodies has recorded its tenth consecutive year of growth, with a 7 per cent revenue increase. Over 2019/20, the firm’s revenue rose from £76.9m to £82m while profits before partner distributions were £38.5m, up from £37.4m the previous year (3 per cent growth). Cash balances also increased from £21m to £25m. Average profit per equity […]

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